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|Posted on November 9, 2012 at 6:30 PM||comments (0)|
New Smartphone App allows supporters and donors to stay connected with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation on a new level
Charlotte, N.C., – Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation (JGCF) is proud to announce the availability of its new smartphone app. The app, made possible by the talented team at Startal, will allow users to keep up with the foundation’s news and happenings from the palm of their hand. Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is one of the first not-for-profit organizations to offer such a unique experience to its constituents, and the foundation works to reach the day when no child will face the uncertainty of cancer and that successful treatments will not result in negative, long-term effects.
“This app will allow us to connect with our supporters in a whole new way,” said Gordon. “We look forward to encouraging people everywhere to take notice of an issue that has been overlooked far too long. Our hope is this app will inspire individuals while driving awareness to our mission.”
The new app will feature foundation news, links to JGCF social media channels to help users stay connected on an easy to use platform and allow individuals to make online donations via their phones at any time. The app will also feature Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation wallpapers that users can download to their smartphones.
The app was provided by Startal, a mobile media and commerce portal solution connecting brands to consumer members worldwide on smartphones, tablets and other devices through one centralized application (app).
“Startal is privileged to design and build a mobile application to bring childhood cancer news and information to supporters, offer the ability to donate to research and quality of life programs and grow awareness and support among a broader audience. Donating our development and service time is a commitment we will continue to honor," said Lonnie Boutte, Vice President of Business Development.
Studies show that over 50% of Americans have smartphones and by 2014 65% of all web traffic will be done via smartphones.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/jeff-gordon-childrens-foundation/id571999866?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4" target="_blank">Download the new app here!
Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation was established as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization in 1999 by four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The Foundation supports children battling pediatric cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. In addition, the foundation also supports the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, NC.
|Posted on September 10, 2012 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
Source: Jeff Gordon's Website
Gordon Now A Contender for 2012 Title
After finishing second last weekend at Richmond and securing a "Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup" berth, Jeff Gordon said he felt like he had won the race. Actually, it was nearly three races that he won that night.
Gordon entered the 26th race of the 2012 season trailing the points leader by 145 markers. Now, with the points reset for the 12 title contenders entering Sunday's GEICO 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, the deficit stands at only 12. That difference equates to almost a three-race gap that was erased in one night.
"It was a great fight we had at Richmond and I am so pumped heading into Chicago and the rest of the Chase," said the driver of the No. 24 DuPont "20 Years" Chevrolet. "There were a number of times this year when we had strong performances but didn't have the results to go with it. We now have 10 races to pair good runs with good results.
"At Richmond, the determination that (crew chief) Alan Gustafson and this team showed was incredible. Anything is possible from this group.
"Including a championship."
A championship for the No. 24 team in 2012 appeared to be a long shot a dozen races ago. In June, Gordon exited Pocono 22nd in the point standings and 84 points out of 12th place. In the 12 races since, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion recorded one win, six top-fives and nine top-10's in the stretch run that determined the Chase field.
"We finally started putting together some results," said Gordon. "But it still seemed like every time we had a great finish, something would happen that would break our momentum.
"We have three top-three finishes in a row that we're hoping to build on in Chicago."
In 11 starts at the 1.5-mile Illinois track, Gordon has one win, one pole, six top-fives and seven top-10's. Will his next start deliver a statement?
"You want to come out of the gate strong and get the best possible result you can," said Gordon. "If that's a win, great. If that's fifth, great. A lot can happen during the Chase. To me, 10 weeks is a lot of racing.
"More than a lot of people think."
|Posted on August 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM||comments (0)|
Judy Pancoast will do her 2012 Annual "House On Christmas Street" Tour and will be stopping by our house Sunday December 23rd. 2012 for a Mini Concert! More details to follow. The concert will probably be an hour long starting at 6 or 7pm EDT
|Posted on August 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM||comments (0)|
from Jayski NASCAR News & Notes:
Jeff Gordon has been selected as the seventh recipient of The Heisman Humanitarian Award. The award will be formally presented to the four-time Cup Series champion at the 78th Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Dinner on Dec. 10 in New York. Gordon established his foundation after then-crew chief Ray Evernham's son was diagnosed with leukemia in 1992. The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation helps children facing critical illness realize their dreams. As it has grown, it has raised more than $11 million for children's charities through the years. The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation's mission is to support children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patient's quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. Gordon also opened the Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Concord, N.C., in hopes that it will serve as a model to other communities who want to provide the highest quality of care to all children, regardless of their ability to pay. As part of the award, The Heisman Trophy Trust will donate $50,000 to the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation. The Heisman Trust's mission is to preserve the integrity of the Heisman Trophy and to provide opportunities for underserved youth and other members of society. Since the Trust assumed stewardship of the Heisman Trophy in 2001, it has made donations in excess of $4 million to over 200 charities throughout the country, affecting countless children. The Heisman Humanitarian Award was established in 2006 to recognize those in the world of sports who give significantly of themselves to serve their communities and to improve the lives of others.(Heisman PR)(8-4-2012)
|Posted on August 7, 2012 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
Only 7,500 tickets will be sold so purchase your $100 ticket today!
Your chance to win is great, but your chance to help a child with cancer is guaranteed!
Click here to read the official rules.
Purchase your ticket today!
The raffle will end on Monday September 24, 2012. The winner will be announced by Jeff Gordon on October 14, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. The announcement will be televised by Wind Tunnel on SPEED
|Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
|Posted on February 6, 2012 at 4:50 PM||comments (0)|
Purchase your 2012 Corvette raffle ticket and you could be the winner of Jeff’s personal 2011 Corvette Convertible Grand Sport 4 LT.
Only 7,500 tickets will be sold so purchase your $100 ticket today!
Your chance to win is great, but your chance to help a child with cancer is guaranteed!
Click here to read the official rules.
Purchase your ticket today!
The raffle will end on Monday September 24, 2012 or when all 7,500 tickets are sold whichever occurs first.
Find the entry form here.
|Posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:15 PM||comments (0)|
2011 NMPA Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award
Jeff Gordon is the recipient of the National Motorsports Press Association Speedway Motorsports Spirit Award for 2011 for his work with children's health issues.
Gordon was among four quarterly winners for the award and chosen by NMPA members as the overall winner for the year.
The NMPA Spirit Award is designed to recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity, sportsmanship and contributions to motorsports.
Gordon has always taken an interest in children's health issues through his Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation Pediatric Cancer Treatment Research, but those efforts expanded in 2011.
Gordon brought a hands-on approach to his work with children this summer.
Working with the Clinton Global Initiative, Gordon traveled to a refugee camp in the Congo in July in an effort aid with health issues. He witnessed first-hand what children in the area face and offered his personal assistance to the program.
Other quarterly winners in 2011 were:
JTG Daugherty Racing was honored in the first quarter. Driver Bobby Labonte and his team embraced a 6-year-old girl seeking a bone marrow donor and others needing a similar transplant. The team visited her in the hospital and put her photo and the "http://www.getswabbed.org" site on the car for the Budweiser Shootout in an effort to raise awareness for both her fight and the need for donors overall.
Jamie McMurray was recognized in the second quarter. Personally impacted by the tornados that devastated his hometown of Joplin, Mo., McMurray got involved with raising awareness and funds through promotion of Convoy of Hope, then visited the area and met with residents in an effort to raise spirits as well.
Greg Biffle was the fourth-quarter recipient. Biffle teamed with several partners to provide Charlotte-area children the opportunity to receive free dental care during the October race weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Give Kids A Smile program was aimed at helping more than 200 young fans.
|Posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:10 PM||comments (0)|
Source: Charlotte Observer
Drive to make a difference
At a news conference not long ago, video recorders rolled and cameras flashed at Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord as one of NASCAR’s most glamorous power couples, Jeff Gordon and model/actress Ingrid Vandebosch, loaned their names to their latest philanthropic cause.
As reporters swarmed with questions about everything from that day’s engine test to what movies they’ve enjoyed watching (George Clooney’s “The Ides of March” topped the list), Gordon took a break from answering to talk to a young pediatric cancer patient dressed as a princess who was visiting from a nearby hospital wing. “Hi there, aren’t you gorgeous?” the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion said as he squatted to be level with the beaming girl, who trailed an IV behind her. “Look at you. I like your crown, that’s really pretty!”
Watching nearby, Vandebosch shook her head with a sad smile. “I just can’t stop crying,” she said. “It gets me every time.”
Since 1999, when Gordon formed The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, he has surrounded himself with children fighting cancer – a cause that grew close to his heart after his crew chief, Ray Everham, had a son diagnosed with leukemia. Vandebosch joined forces with him when she and Gordon married in 2006, the same year that Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital opened. She went on to lead Promise Circle, a group of women who pledge at least $1,100 per year for three years toward fighting pediatric cancer. Beginning last summer, the couple added prevention of pertussis – the disease known as whooping cough in infants – to their rosters. And in December, they traveled to Rwanda with their oldest child, 4-year-old Ella, to help open a children’s hospital wing there.
“Doing things for the foundation and going to Africa, those things are to me ways to keep everything in perspective, and remind us how precious our children are,” Gordon said during a recent interview. “A lot of times we are jet-setting around, and we can lose that perspective. Doing things as parents, that keeps it very real.”
‘It’s amazing to change people’s lives’
Vandebosch, a native of Belgium who has modeled since the 1980s and whose resume includes the legendary Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, has grown more visible in joining her husband’s philanthropic activities since the two became parents. Daughter Ella was born in June 2007 and son Leo was born in August 2010.
“Most of what (Jeff) does is with children, so I just feel so much closer to it now that we have children,” she says. “It’s amazing to be able to do something that changes people’s lives, and to know the stories and get to know the people.”
While much of the time Gordon stays focused on pediatric cancer prevention in the U.S., he’s taken on plenty of other causes, too. Last year, he added the AARP’s Drive to End Hunger program to the hood of his No. 24 Chevrolet. The program has raised $12 million and donated more than 3.7 million meals to senior citizens with hunger issues. He has contributed millions to the National Marrow Donor Program. In May, he announced plans to raise $1.5 million to bring cancer treatment to the children of Rwanda.
And in October, he and Vandebosch spoke in support of the Sounds of Pertussis campaign, which encourages adults to get the Tdap booster vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) that prevents them from potentially passing pertussis to infants before their own immunizations can take effect. (Research shows that adult family members are the source of 80 percent of pertussis cases in infants).
The couple was motivated to join the pertussis campaign after learning of a local woman, Felicia Dube, whose son Carter died of pertussis in 2010. He was just seven weeks old.
“What happens is, as a parent, you read every book, you do everything, you make your decisions on vaccinations – and we go along with what the CDC recommends – and we found out there was something we should be doing, beyond just trying to change diapers and keep the house clean,” Gordon says. It was news to him – he and Vandebosch hadn’t known they should get booster shots when their daughter was born, but learned about the issue in time to protect their son. So reminding parents about the importance of adult booster shots, he says, became an important niche to fill.
Gordon’s charitable efforts recently earned him recognition as the 2011 NASCAR Illustrated Person of the Year, the third time he has received the honor. And Vandebosch was hailed by the March of Dimes for allowing herself to be photographed receiving her Tdap booster shot.
Between news of frightening, and sometimes fatal, crashes during the racing season and being constantly surrounded by worst-case scenarios involving children, Vandebosch finds she has to work on distracting herself so she won’t worry about her family all the time. One stress-relief strategy: “I eat a lot of ice cream,” says the metabolically-blessed Vandebosch.
“I just think positive,” she adds. “There’s nothing I can do but support and hope for the best.”
And she hopes to keep raising her own profile as a champion of her husband’s causes. “Whenever he wants me to be there next to him, I’m there, and everything he does I stand by,” she says. “I want to be part of all of this.”
For more information, visit www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org and www.soundsofpertussis.com.
|Posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM||comments (0)|
Our Journey to Rwanda
Knowing that this would be a life changing experience for me as well as Ingrid and Ella, I wanted to keep a blog of my thoughts so that I could share with you our incredible journey to Rwanda.
Our preparations for traveling to Rwanda began long before our trip. I had already gotten my immunizations before traveling to the Democratic Republic of Congo in July with the Clinton Global Initiative, but Ingrid and Ella both had to get their shots before our trip. Ingrid and I both asked Ella many times if she wanted to get the shots so that she could go on the trip and every time she would say, "Yes Papa, I want to go to Africa. We're going to help sick children." When we went to the doctor, Ella did cry as she got her 3 shots, but within a matter of minutes she was so proud to show off her bandages. And believe me, she showed everyone those bandages! As a parent, it was so painful to see Ella crying as she got the shots because you never want your children to be in pain or suffering. This thought is something that would remain clear in my mind as we visited each of the hospitals in Rwanda.
Day 1 & Day 2:
Our journey began from the United States in New York on Tuesday, December 6 at 4 P.M. Rwanda is 7 hours ahead of the Eastern Time zone, so we "lost" some time while traveling. Ella was great during the flights -- she colored, played games, watched movies and slept. We arrived at the hotel early Thursday morning (December 8 at 1 AM), which was about 26 hours travel time. We were very tired and quickly went to sleep before our first full day in Rwanda.
After a few hours of sleep and breakfast, we were off to visit our first of three hospitals in Rwanda. Our first stop was at CHUK, which is a hospital in the capital city of Kigali. We toured the facility and visited with some of the families. The Ministry of Health has made great strides in their national healthcare system; however our hospitals in the United States differ greatly from those in Rwanda. The unfortunate fact is that the equipment and treatment that many of the patients desperately need is not readily available. We met one young child who we were told has been in the hospital for four months suffering from a form of pediatric cancer that is easily treatable in the U.S., but had not received treatment because the hospital did not have the needed resources. This child was on the brink of death. The emotions and thoughts that race through your mind as you see first-hand the pain, suffering and helplessness of these children is something you can't describe. You want to help. You want to change it. You want to make a difference. In your mind, you know that not only are the children suffering, but also the parents as they are forced to bear the pain of seeing their suffering child slip away.
From there, we had a two and a half hour drive up a bumpy and hilly dirt road to Rwinkwavu. Rwinkwavu is a public hospital that is supported by Partners In Health, which is the organization that the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation has partnered with for our efforts in Rwanda. The landscape and topography of Rwanda is absolutely beautiful, and the view from the hospital in Rwinkwavu is amazing. We toured the grounds before going to the pediatric cancer wing to visit with the children.
Prior to the trip, the women of The Promise Circle (an amazing group of women who support the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation) sewed nearly 100 handmade quilts that we took with us to give out while we were there. Ella helped Ingrid, Trish (Director of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation) and I pass out the quilts to both the children and their mothers. I've never been more proud of anything in my life. To see our 4-year old daughter go through the room and give out these quilts with such compassion and tell each of them, 'I hope you feel better', is something that makes you so proud as a parent.
The people of Rwanda are amazing. They are so happy and have great personalities despite their circumstances. Everyone was so grateful for the quilts, and a heartfelt thanks to The Promise Circle for providing them.
I wish I could tell you that everything we saw was great, but sadly it was not. These children were suffering from many different things - some with cancerous tumors, some with breathing issues related to cancer, some who had lost all of their hair. In addition to the disease, the hospital staff has to drape mosquito nets over the children's beds in an attempt to prevent them from also catching malaria. These images will never leave my mind.
On our return trip, we stopped at an oncology patient's home. She was 14 years old and had been successfully treated at the Rwinkwavu hospital for Burkitt's Lymphoma, (a form of pediatric cancer). Previously, she had a large tumor growing on the side of her face. With the proper treatment that was made available through Partners in Health and their supporting partners, she is doing very well and has made a considerable recovery. Stories like this are what inspire me to continue our work in Rwanda.
After returning to Kigali, we had a wonderful dinner with the honorable Minister of Health for Rwanda, Agnes Binagwaho. We even became friends on Twitter! (@agnesbinagwaho) Agnes is an incredible woman who is extremely passionate about continuing the advancement of healthcare in Rwanda. It really means a lot to have strong support from the Rwandan government for the efforts of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and Partners in Health in our efforts to bring pediatric cancer equipment and treatment to the country.
Our second full day in Rwanda began early as we set out on a four hour car ride to the city of Butaro on some of the roughest and most treacherous roads I've ever seen. Butaro is a high elevation, rural city that is within one of the most densely populated districts of the country. The Ministry of Health hospital in Butaro is also supported by Partners In Health. The facility was recently completed in February of 2011. While the facility is beautiful, they still lack the equipment and treatment needed to properly care for patients with some cancers and other diseases. Rwanda is the most densely populated country in Africa. It is comparable in size to the state of Maryland and has a population of 11 million people. Out of 11 million people, the entire country has only one doctor that is a cancer specialist. This is where the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, Partners in Health and the Ministry of Health of Rwanda will work together to construct a pediatric cancer center that will provide preventative care and treatment.
Once we arrived at Butaro, we ate lunch and were entertained by some of the locals who performed traditional dances. It was great, and yes they did get me out there with them. No, I didn't show them any break dancing moves.
The level of care at Butaro is definitely more advanced than at other healthcare facilities in the country, but we still faced the realities of cancer rampant among the children at Butaro. We were once again able to provide some of the children and mothers with quilts from The Promise Circle which brought a smile and joy to their faces if only for a moment. I wish I could put into words how much it moves you when you are knelt down in front of a sick child battling cancer and you see the pain and hurt in their eyes. You know in your heart that it just isn't right and that we have to do something about it.
We were accompanied on our trip by Dr. Larry Schulman who is the Chief Medical Officer at the Dana Farber Institute and a leading oncologist. He said something that I still hear ringing in my ears, "Jeff, the stark truth is that if any of us died and were not here tomorrow, there would be plenty of others in the United States who could help provide cancer care to children there. They can get along fine without me or help from people like you and your foundation. But, if we weren't here tomorrow helping in Rwanda, there is no one else. There is no one else currently helping to provide cancer care and treatment here in Rwanda. If we don't help these children, they die."
On our return trip to Kigali, we stopped and talked to some locals that run a community center in their town. They shared with us how they work together to help those in need and that require care. It was amazing to hear how their village bonded together to help those within the community.
Ingrid, Ella and I left for Nyungwe Forest which is a monkey sanctuary where we spent the day. Ella was so excited to see the monkeys. She had been talking about them for weeks before our trip. It was a really great experience. Ella made sure that we got a monkey (stuffed animal) to take back to Leo, and she appropriately decided that his name should be Kigali.
Day 6 & 7:
We came back early Sunday morning to Kigali where I went to an FIA rally race. Wow, those guys were racing at pretty high speed around the mountainsides at high altitude with no barriers. Pretty cool getting to see some racing in Rwanda.
After the race, we came back for our last meeting which was with the honorable Minister of Health and other key healthcare individuals in the country. We were able to strategize and discuss ways in which we can work together to really help further advance healthcare in Rwanda.
We finished packing and began our return flight at 4 PM on Sunday. Once again, Ella was great throughout the entire flight (she slept a little more this time). We made it back to New York at about 11 AM on Monday after gaining our 7 hours back.
Our trip to Rwanda was truly a life changing experience. It has completely changed my perspective on virtually every aspect of life. I hope that through this blog and photos that we have from the trip, you are able to see just a glimpse into the harsh reality that these children are living in. Once you've seen the incredible hardships and pain that these children face, you will see that we have to help. As Dr. Larry said, if we don't help these children they will die, and I personally cannot accept knowing we are capable of helping prevent these children from dying and doing nothing. I've challenged myself to not only continue the work of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and my efforts personally, but to do more because a child suffering from cancer is a child suffering from cancer. The location of the child or their skin color does not matter. They are all innocent children and they deserve the right to live, be healthy and enjoy life. That doesn't mean we're in anyway scaling back our support for pediatric cancer care and treatment in the United States. It means that we're committed to doing more. I hope that you will join me. Let's be a team and race to a victory lane where children are not faced with the threat of childhood cancer. For info on how you can help, visit www.JeffGordonChildrensFoundation.org.
|Posted on January 6, 2012 at 4:30 PM||comments (0)|
I did a search for our website again since we have had alot of people taking pictures and videos of our display, I was going to post them on the site. If you have stopped by and have taken a video or picture feel free to use the contact us form and send us an e-mail! Below are more sites where our video was found since it was published on Allentown's The Morning Call.
WTVR CBS 6 Richmond, VA http://www.wtvr.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
KTXL Sacremento, Ca, Fox 40 http://www.fox40.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO:-Christmas-Light-Tour,-Bushkill-Township
WXIN Fox 59 Indianapolis, IN http://www.fox59.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO:-Christmas-Light-Tour,-Bushkill-Township
NBC 2 Anchorage Alaska's News Source http://www.ktuu.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
Fox 43 York, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon PA http://www.fox43.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO:-Christmas-Light-Tour,-Bushkill-Township
Imperial Valley Press El Centro, CA http://www.ivpressonline.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
KDAF CW33 Dallas/Ft Worth http://www.the33tv.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
Herald-Mail Hagerstown, MD http://www.herald-mail.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
KWCH News 12 Wichita, KS http://www.kwch.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
KY 3 News Springfield, MO http://www.ky3.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
WGNO ABC 26 New Orleans, LA http://www.abc26.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
KSPR ABC33 Springfield, MO http://www.kspr.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
MY Fox 8 Greensboro, High point, Winston Salem NC http://www.myfox8.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
WTKR News 3 Norfolk, VA http://www.wnep.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
WSBT News Mishawaka IN http://www.wsbt.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
WQAD News 8 Moline, IL http://www.wqad.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
WHNT 19 Huntsville, AL http://www.whnt.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
WREG News 3 memphis, TN http://www.wreg.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
|Posted on December 19, 2011 at 9:50 PM||comments (1)|
By David Lindsay.
One of NASCAR’s top drivers, Jeff Gordon, is taking on a challenge that may not move at the velocity he’s accustomed to, but requires the kind of strength, endurance and teamwork that he can relate to. He’s tackling cancer in Africa.
This week Gordon visited three hospitals in Rwanda, including Butaro, a facility that Global Health Frontline News reported on earlier this year.
The hospital has transformed health care in Burera, one of country’s poorest districts. It links rural community health centers with a well-equipped hospital that provides some of the best facilities and staff in the region.
Now Butaro Hospital plans to add a cancer center that will serve children from across Rwanda. It hopes to open its doors in May next year, providing diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. Preventive and follow-up care will also be incorporated.
The cost of equipping and staffing the center is being shared by the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which is committing $1.5 million, the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the U.S.-based NGO Partners in Health and Rwanda’s Ministry of Health.
This is the first international donation by Gordon’s foundation, and it’s desperately needed. Partners in Health, which runs numerous projects in Rwanda, says the country currently does not have a single oncologist.
“We’re committed specifically to eradicating cancer for all children -- regardless of where they live,” said Gordon.
In addition to the hospital visits, the four-time NASCAR champion met with Rwandan officials and representatives of the cancer center’s partner organizations to discuss the next steps.
Training of the new center’s doctors and nurses will be led by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Partners in Health, who will remain closely involved on a daily basis once the facility is operational.
While cancer is a top priority in industrialized nations, it is often overshadowed elsewhere by diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. And yet, according to the World Health Organization, 70% of cancer deaths are in developing countries, where treatment is limited or non-existent.
In Rwanda’s case, the challenges are still greater. The country’s infrastructure is still recovering from 1994’s genocide, which left an estimated 800,000 people dead.
“It’s been a difficult road in Rwanda,” said Gordon, “but I know that we will do great things there and that many of the children that I have now met will go on to live long, healthy lives because we chose to act.”
David Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Global Health Frontline News.
|Posted on December 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM||comments (1)|
The original video came from The Morning Call, Allentown, Pa. It seems the video has gone across the nation already!
WGN Radio 720 The Voice of Chicago http://www.wgnradio.com/videogallery/66808483/News/VIDEO-Christmas-Light-Tour-Bushkill-Township
WDBJ NEWS 7 Light Up your Home Town Roanoke, VA
|Posted on December 14, 2011 at 7:25 PM||comments (0)|
That's right folks, Santa will be here December 16th 2011
730-9pm (not times have been changed from 7-8) Santa has a prior commitment to 730 but offered to stay later to make up for the time change!!!
|Posted on December 14, 2011 at 7:15 PM||comments (0)|
From the Jeff Gordon Foundation website: http://www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=5oIDJRPyGfISF&b=5968477&ct=11548419
Five Foundations Named Promise Circle Grant Recipients by Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation
Five Organizations Will Receive a Combined $65,000 to Improve Programs, Purchase New Equipment and Train Employees
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (December 12, 2011) – The Promise Circle Grant Committee, in conjunction with the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, is proud to announce the five recipients of the 2011 Promise Circle Grant Program. With nearly 60 grant applications submitted, the committee carefully reviewed all applications and selected five recipients from across the United States. Funding for the selected grant recipients was matched by the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, to total $65,000 awarded in grant funding.
Groups named as recipients of The Promise Circle Grants include: Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital; Ronald McDonald House of New York; Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; Hospice of Western Reserve, Inc.; and SuperSibs.
The Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt will utilize the grant to support their Learning for Life program. The funding will provide the hospital with the resources it needs to support patients treated for cancer from the time of diagnosis into survivorship.
The Ronald McDonald House of New York will utilize funding to maintain their Comprehensive Education Youth and Family Services program.
At the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the grant will help the AYA Oncology Program provide age-appropriate programming for patients aged 15-22, a traditionally underserved population.
The grant presented to Hospice of Western Reserve, Inc., will enable the group to continue providing their services of palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services to pediatric cancer patients throughout Northern Ohio, regardless of their ability to pay.
With their grant, the SuperSibs! Integrated Sibling Support Program will continue to provide the tools and resources needed by hospitality professionals to integrate support for siblings into pediatric oncology.
The Promise Circle will continue their work in bringing patient support to children and families dealing with childhood cancer. To support this cause and get involved please visit www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org
About The Promise Circle
The Promise Circle is a volunteer group comprised of women dedicated to maximizing outcomes for patient support programs funded or administered by the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. The Promise Circle works on behalf of the foundation as advocates for children with cancer and their families. The goal of The Promise Circle membership is to pool personal and financial resources to support programs that will impact the lives of children living with cancer. Each member is intimately connected to our mission and believes the strength of the group will only be defined by the work that is carried out.
About the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation
The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1999 by the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion. The Foundation supports children battling cancer by funding programs that improve patients’ quality of life, treatment programs that increase survivorship, and pediatric medical research dedicated to finding a cure. The Foundation also supports the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, N.C., which serves children in the community by providing a high level of primary and specialty pediatric care. We are proud to support a quality health care facility dedicated to compassionate care and medical excellence for children.
|Posted on November 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM||comments (0)|
Tickets purchased benefit the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation's efforts to fund pediatric cancer treatment and research programs and the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital. Purchase your tickets online for $100 each and be among the select few who have a chance to drive home in Jeff’s personal Corvette Convertible Grand Sport 4LT. Only 7,500 tickets will be sold so get your ticket today!!
|Posted on November 20, 2011 at 5:50 PM||comments (0)|
The ever-expanding scope of Jeff Gordon's philanthropic endeavors reached over international borders and other boundaries of age and race this year. Whether it was his work in Africa with the Clinton Global Initiative, representing AARP's Drive to End Hunger among senior citizens in the U.S., or continuing to lead the fight against pediatric cancer through his eponymous children's foundation, Gordon has become the model for NASCAR philanthropy and an example for others to follow. For all these reasons, he was a consensus choice as NASCAR Illustrated Person of the Year, becoming the first three-time winner of the award. In 1997, the first year it was presented, Gordon shared POY honors with Darrell Waltrip. Then, Gordon joined Hendrick Motorsports as Persons of the Year in 2004 after the team endured the tragedy of the plane crash that claimed 10 lives. For the full story on Gordon's remarkable year of giving, see the December issue of NASCAR Illustrated.(SceneDaily)(11-17-2011)
|Posted on October 30, 2011 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Allentown, PA - 6.8" on Saturday is the largest October snowstorm in history and just the 6th time in history with measurable snow in October.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT SPOTTER REPORTS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MOUNT HOLLY NJ
122 AM EDT SUN OCT 30 2011
THE FOLLOWING ARE UNOFFICIAL OBSERVATIONS TAKEN DURING THE PAST 28 HOURS FOR THE STORM THAT HAS BEEN AFFECTING OUR REGION. APPRECIATION IS EXTENDED TO HIGHWAY DEPARTMENTS...COOPERATIVE OBSERVERS...SKYWARN SPOTTERS AND MEDIA FOR THESE REPORTS. THIS SUMMARY IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR HOME PAGE AT WEATHER.GOV/PHI
WILLIAMS TWP 13.0 508 PM 10/29
BUSHKILL TWP 9.5 800 PM 10/29
MARTINS CREEK 3.4 710 PM 10/29
NEW TRIPOLI 11.2 925 PM 10/29
ALLENTOWN AIRPORT 6.8 800 PM 10/29
SLATINGTON 6.0 300 PM 10/29
EMMAUS 5.5 253 PM 10/29
TOBYHANNA 13.3 1045 PM 10/29
BLAKESLEE 11.0 828 PM 10/29
SAYLORSBURG 10.6 912 PM 10/29
POCONO SUMMIT 9.0 829 PM 10/29
HENRYVILLE 9.0 725 PM 10/29
BARTONSVILLE 5.5 829 PM 10/29
STROUDSBURG 3.0 828 PM 10/29
|Posted on October 19, 2011 at 7:10 PM||comments (0)|
from Jayski Nascar News & Notes: www.jayski.com
NASCAR's #24 driver will soon be honored on a section of Interstate 85 near the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tuesday, Mecklenburg County Commissioners approved the designation of the stretch of I-85 on the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus County line as "Jeff Gordon Expressway". The "85" idea came about since Gordon recently took home the checkered flag for the 85th time in his career. However, Gordon's NASCAR triumphs were just part of the designation as he was also hailed for charitable work at his Children's Foundation and Children's Hospital. "It's been very rewarding," said Gordon. "Something that you go through and the days, and you go to hospitals and you meet children and it breaks your heart and you want to do more." The NC DOT's sign committee and full board must still rubber stamp the Jeff Gordon Expressway designation on I-85 before markers go up for drivers.(News 14 Carolina)
AND Jeff Gordon unveiled at the nearby Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital the "Sounds of Pertussis" quilt in his continued effort to educate the masses on whooping cough. The "Race to Blanket America" quilt has 2,400 squares designed by individuals with the March of Dimes donating $1 for each square up to $10,000 (for more information, go to www.SoundsofPertussis.com). Gordon and his wife, Ingrid, designed one square and Gordon designed another. "All of us take calculated risks in our lives to some degree," Gordon said. "But when it comes to our children, I don't think that's anything we can afford to be risky on."
|Posted on October 14, 2011 at 6:10 PM||comments (0)|
Thats right folks the Halloween display has started to kick off the holiday season!!! Hope you enjoy it, its a smaller display with 16 channels and it runs from 630-10pm nightly until Oct. 31st. Tune to 107.7 FM. Thanks for visiting and hope to see you for our Christmas display.